by Charles S. Oaxpatu
Supposedly, according to the accurate statistical packages supplied through WordPress, the Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog has 86 regular followers. I wonder where most of them went? Best I can tell, for several months now, only about three people still come here regularly to read. Now, that is a truly humbling experience!
In my estimation, the drop off in readership began when the Democrats took back the U.S. House of Representatives in the fall 2018 election. The most recent drop came right after my “stinking to high heaven” article about the collapse of the Jewish old folks residential building in Florida back in the summer of 2021. Was it that sickening and insensitive? I was just stating the untold truth about what was happening there.
Because of reader lack of interest, I am seriously thinking about closing down the Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog for some…undecided upon…period of time. It seems pretty clear to me that something has profoundly changed. I either have nothing else useful or valuable to say to you (from your perspective) or nothing useful to offer you from other writers. Heck! I do not even know what your biggest concerns in life are anymore. Who would after several years of hell from COVID-19? I would guess that for many people, the virus quite literally changed everything in their lives and put them on different life trajectories. Did that happen to you?
Finally, to tell you the truth, I started slowing down myself after January 2021. Satan’s “Golden Boy” was kicked off his throne, and it seemed as if all might be better for a while on the gospel front, with the hearts of the American people, and with our country in general. I felt less, and less, and less like writing anything here.
I also began to realize that my words really do no good here and have no positive effect on changing anything or enlightening anyone. My words do not attract people in the numbers I had hoped for, and they do not have the power to change anything. It seems that the great German religious reformer, Martin Luther, was right when he wrote the words to my favorite hymn: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” Here are the key words from the first verse of that song—-words about the Force of Evil that exists on this Earth (however you might choose to name it or define it):
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe. His craft and pow’r are great, and armed with cruel hate. On earth is not his equal.
I had no real appreciation for those words and their gravity…at least in this country…until Donald J. Trump took over as President of the United States. It seems that what I thought was an ending on January 20th was really only the beginning of a much deeper story of power, evil, and hate that is yet to be written by Trump and his many millions of thoroughly deluded, truth-denying followers. The writing of that horrifying story will begin anew in just a few weeks as Election Year 2022 ramps up.
Comfort? You want comfort? Well, I ran into a Native American graphics item that might help you some. I have no idea who created it, but it is a good one. Here it is for you to ponder: